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Black Friday acoustic deal: Epiphone’s Hummingbird EC Studio just dropped by $100 at Guitar Center

Epiphone Hummingbird EC Studio deal
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Black Friday is the perfect time to buy a brand new acoustic guitar, especially if you’re a beginner or intermediate player looking to start your acoustic journey. If you fall into this bracket, we’re delighted to announce we may have just found you the perfect deal.

Guitar Center has delivered the goods once again, and is offering $100 off its acoustic-electric Epiphone Hummingbird, meaning you can bag yourself arguably the best entry level acoustic guitar on the planet for just $379.

The large flock of loyal Hummingbird players – Keith 'n Mick, Sheryl Crow, Chris Cornell, Justin Bieber, Noel Gallagher, Kid Rock, Taylor Swift, and Caleb Followill to name but a few – can't all be wrong. This is one heck of a desirable guitar. And this is one heck of a Black Friday guitar deal.

Epiphone Hummingbird EC Studio: $479

Epiphone Hummingbird EC Studio: $479, now $379
Regardless of style, from heavy strumming to light fingerstyle, it's all nectar to the Hummingbird. This iconic acoustic looks like a dread and can sound like a dread, but it has a softer, more tender side too. Fantastic build quality, a solid spruce top and Fishman electronics make this 'bird an absolute bargain at $379 at Guitar Center.

The original was, of course, produced by Gibson and its current version will cost you about $4,000/£3,000. However, if you act fast, you can currently buy a similar version made by Epiphone for just $379 at Guitar Center – that's a generous $100 off its usual price. We say similar version because Epiphone's build quality has fast been closing the gap on Gibson's in recent years.

Is it genuinely as good as the Gibson version? Honestly? No. Is there a $3,600 difference? Absolutely not, it's damn close. Most of the savings are a result of some cosmetic differences and its Far Eastern manufacture.

Ultimately, the guitar in question – which we struggled to fault in our Epiphone Hummingbird review – will give you a guitar-playing experience that is in touching distance to playing a genuine Gibson for an absolute steal. In our opinion, you’d be hard pressed to find a better acoustic guitar deal this Black Friday.

We’ve included the Studio iteration in our list of best acoustic guitars for beginners, and this limited-edition version looks to be even more player-friendly thanks to its cutaway design, granting easy access to anything above the 15th fret. A perfect addition for developing players to hone their upper-fret talents.

It’s also worth noting that the spec sheet is astonishing value for money. The solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and slim taper D-shaped mahogany neck are all well and good, but the real stand-out spec is the Fishman Sonitone pickup and Sonicore preamp. A high-end appointment that you won’t find on many other guitars of this price and quality.

Look at that gorgeous Tobacco Sunburst finish, cast your eyes classic ornate pickguard and inspect the spec sheet. Now consider the price. It's a no-brainer, isn't it?

It's currently on back order, but don't fret: you can currently reserve the guitar for its discounted price, just note a shipping date can't be guaranteed. 

Head over to our guide of Guitar Center Black Friday guitar deals to see some more sweet six-string steals.

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Simon Fellows

When Simon's childhood classical guitar teacher boasted he 'enjoyed a challenge', the poor man had no idea how much he'd underestimated the scale of the task ahead. Despite Simon's lack of talent, the experience did spark a lifelong passion for music. His classical guitar was discarded for an electric, then a room full of electrics before Simon discovered the joys of keys. Against all odds, Simon somehow managed to blag a career as a fashion journalist, but he's now more suitably employed writing for Guitar World and MusicRadar. When not writing or playing, he can be found terrifying himself on his mountain bike.